You can get the best results from your planting efforts when you use this method. These handy Charts, including ‘what not to plant’, will help you on your way.
Herbs and veggies have much less chance of thriving if you plant them in straight little rows on their own.
It is suggested that you pack them in with friendly companions who can boost their health.
If you look at beans, corn and squash for example – beans deposit nitrogen in the soil, and the prickly leaves on squash drop into the soil and provide a natural mulch.
Here’s what Yates have to say –
“Planting a mixture of flowers and herbs among veggies and fruit trees will encourage a healthy diversity of living creatures to move into the garden.
Insect-attracting plants that grow readily from seed include herbs like thyme, sage, coriander, chives and mint, and flowers such as cosmos, calendula, lavender, echinacea, and marigold.”
Phacelia, available in Yates seed range, is very successful at attracting useful garden insects such as bees (valuable pollinators) and hoverflies (aphid predators).
Phacelia’s lavender-blue flowers produce copious quantities of pollen and nectar make them irresistible to many insects.
Working out which plants grow well together is often a matter of individual trial and error. Here are some favorites:
Pumpkin loves corn, beans, and radish; cabbages love beans, celery, and onions; beetroot loves broccoli, lettuce, and onions. Be sure that you Pin these helpful charts and if you need seedlings you can get yours here
Other plants improve conditions for their neighbors. The best-known of these are the peas, beans and other members of the legume family that have the ability to capture nitrogen from the atmosphere.
Plants growing in close proximity to peas and beans benefit from the nitrogen the legumes have added to the soil.
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As you can see above, your plants perform better when they are surrounded by their good friends. When you set your garden out in the correct way, you can expect the optimal results. Lettuce is very friendly for example and loves to hang out with everything. It thrives particularly well with Carrots, Garlic, Onion and Radish.
Your Roses can also benefit from being planted with Garlic, Marigolds and Parsley.
Here in Australia Wineries plant them at the end of their vines as a companion plant. Silverbeet thrives when planted with Lavender of all things and also onions.
Getting your timing right will also ensure a bumper crop. We have included this excellent infographic from Uni of Illinois that shows you when you should be planting and mulching. It will come in very handy so be sure that you Pin for future reference.
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